Accessories: Mountain Hardwear Advanced Fitlock Hipbelt,
Historic Range: $149.95-$290.00
Reviewers Paid: $150.00
|Weight||4 lb 9 oz / 2.08 kg||4 lb 12 oz / 2.15 kg||-|
|Capacity||3500 cu in / 57 L||3650 cu in / 60||-|
|Dimensions||-||30 in X 14 in X 14 in / 76 cm X 36 cm X 36 cm||-|
|Waist Range||26 in - 30 in / 66 cm - 76 cm||29 in - 34 in / 74 cm - 86 cm||-|
|Torso Range||14.0 in. - 16.5 in. / 36 cm - 42 cm||16.0 in. - 19.0 in. / 41 cm - 48 cm||-|
|Materials||420D HD Nylon, 210D HexNut™ Ripstop Nylon, 840D HT Ballistic Nylon||420D HD Nylon, 210D HexNut™ Ripstop Nylon, 840D HT Ballistic Nylon||-|
This is a roomy and comfortable pack for the short(er)/petite female hiker (or those with shorter torsos). It's a great pack for weekend or multi-day trips, depending on the season. The model I am reviewing is the Lomasi, the pack on the right (rhododendron/dark burgundy color), size Small.
- Comfortable fit
- Very adjustable
- Decent amount of compartments
- Detachable and adjustable waistbelt and shoulder straps
- Hydration bladder compatible
- Not much airflow on the back (if any)
- Lack of accessible storage (on waistbelt, chest strap, etc.)
- Hydration bladder compartment design
After a lot of searching for a pack for someone with a 13.5-inch torso, I came up with two options within my price range—the Mountain Hardwear Lomasi and a North Face pack (of which I cannot remember the name).
I'm 5' 2" and weigh about 115 pounds, which seems to be an uncommon size for a hiker (height-wise, anyway). I needed a pack that fit and should have given myself more than a couple of months to look, especially in the off-season. I chose the Lomasi 60. I am happy with my choice and it is serving me well so far. Unlike most, I tend to use my larger packs in the "off season" (October through May). I have not used this one in the summer yet.
The pack is very roomy and has earned the nickname "beast." If you do a good job packing it right (heavy stuff closest to the body, etc.), it is very comfortable to wear.
The waistbelt side padding is adjustable with Velcro. The (waist) cinching straps pull in towards your waist, which always seem to work easier with a heavy load.
The shoulder straps are adjustable--they are attached to a sliding "plate" system that lies against your back. This part is padded and vertically adjustable (with torso measurements printed right on the aluminum bar). Velcro secures your size. I've been wondering if it will continue to work as the years go on, but it seems to be holding up fine. The one thing I've found challenging is cinching my load without raising up my shoulder straps. I keep tinkering, but ultimately end up with loose load straps rather than shoulder straps hovering an inch above my shoulders.
The pockets are good and appropriately placed. The removable top compartment holds everything that you need to have easy access to (food, sunglasses, goggles, hats, mittens, meds, first aid, etc., etc.). If you're handy, you can reach this without taking off your pack.
Next down (vertically), is the "Leave No Trace" waste pocket, but I have yet to understand why the key fob/hook is located in that compartment. That makes no sense to me.
Next down is the hydration bladder "pocket." If you're going to use a bladder, buy a flat one (the Osprey 3L is a nice fit). I have a Hydrapak 3L and it wanders all over within that pocket/sleeve if it isn't packed in there tightly and surrounded by something to keep it in place.
The outside has a "water bottle" pocket on each side with shock cord and cord locks. The front of the pack has a zippered pocket (behind the daisy chain loops) and a baffle pocket. The bottom compartment opens up for a sleeping bag and sleeping pad.
The main compartment is accessible from the top or from the front (behind the two front pockets). It has a (removable) false bottom. The top of the main compartment has two areas where it can be cinched. I do have one question about this main compartment that continues to mystify me...if you are using the top/removable portion where you can keep all of your easy-access stuff, there is a flap with two buckles that connect to nothing except themselves.
This is hard to explain unless you can see it, but it is one of my peeves about this pack. If you buckle them together (which has been my approach so it doesn't drive me so nuts), you can accidently grab them instead of the main loop when you go to take off your pack. **If I'm missing something here and someone can enlighten me on the proper use of these flap and buckles, I would greatly appreciate it!!**
Many of the zippers are waterproof and, the ones that aren't are covered and will not be exposed to rain, snow, etc. If you are tough on your zippers, I really, really suggest Gear Aid Zip Care to lubricate and clean them after heavy use.
The countless straps make adjusting the load and pack very easy. In fact, the number of straps can be a little overwhelming at first glance. If you pack right and cinch things up nicely, you should be stable and comfortable. Off topic a little, but I've found that "low rise" pants and shorts are a backpacker's foe. If possible, opt for higher rise pants to minimize fat pinching between the bottom of the waistbelt the pelvic bone. Or, tuck in your shirt and/or use a sock, Buff, and/or Body Glide to prevent hot spots.
The part that I DO NOT LIKE about this pack is the lack of ventilation on the back. The TNF pack I was looking at had the nice trampoline back and the Lomasi is almost solid foam. I tend to run hot in the winter as well as the summer and I never have had a day when I didn't sweat through my clothes or jacket while wearing this pack--even when it was 10° F.
Like most of my Mountain Hardwear gear, this pack seems to be very durable. It's been though a cold, cold winter and I've carried it for many, many miles on trail as well as many miles bushwhacking. I am generally hard on my gear as I think I use the crap out of it. The material is heavy duty. It may weigh a little more, but it holds up very well.
To note...this pack does NOT come with a rain cover. You can buy a nice MH one for $50 or make your own for about $10. I just got done sewing my own to keep the cost down. A good, old-fashioned black trash bag or poncho does the trick, too.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $150